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Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Held in partnership with Affirm Press, these publishing intensive mentorships provide a unique opportunity for up to four writers developing exceptional new work.

For the 2020 Mentorship Award, Affirm Press is looking for YA manuscripts and middle-grade fiction (10+) with sci-fi and fantasy themes.

Key dates

Applications open 16 March and close 29 April 2020.

If successful, you will be required to take your residency between Monday November 2 and Sunday November 8, 2020.


There is a fee of $60 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $385 towards your residency and you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance FundĀ for a subsidy of up to $300.